awful (adj.) Old form(s): awefull , awfull
awe-inspiring, worthy of respect
2H4 IV.i.174[Archbishop to Westmorland] To us and to our purposes confined / We come within our awful banks again
2H4 V.ii.86[Lord Chief Justice to King Henry V] To pluck down justice from your awful bench
2H6 V.i.98[York to King] Thy hand is made to grasp a palmer's staff, / And not to grace an awful princely sceptre
3H6 II.i.153[Warwick to Richard, of the King] this strong right hand of mine / Can ... wring the awful sceptre from his fist
Per Chorus.II.4[Gower alone, of Pericles] A ... benign lord / That will prove awful both in deed and word
TG IV.i.46[Third Outlaw to Valentine, of their state] Thrust from the company of awful men
TS V.ii.108[Petruchio to all, of Katherina's obedience] it bodes ... / An awful rule, and right supremacy
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